Herndon, VA - Homes for Sale and Community Information
For the 23,000+ residents who call it home, the incorporated town of Herndon benefits from its proximity to a major metropolitan area - it's just 22 miles from downtown Washington, DC. Herndon home buyers find that it retains a small town charm and a strong sense of community. It's built right into the Town Council's "Vision for the Town," which strives for the following: "safe, secure, well-maintained neighborhoods, an oasis of green spaces, and "a nurturing atmosphere in which families prosper and grow."
In Virginia, incorporated towns are an integral part of the counties in which they are located. Fairfax County provides to the citizens of Herndon public education, library services, health and social services, mental health assistance, fire and rescue service, judicial services, correctional facilities and additional recreation services and facilities. Herndon has been included in CNN/Money.com’s 2011 ranking of the “Best Places to Live” in America. Factors in that distinction included “great job opportunities, top schools, safe streets and economic strength.” In particular, Herndon was lauded as “a great base to explore the many jobs in the area."
Herndon is part of the Dulles Technology Corridor, and headquarters to companies like AOL, Verizon Business and Network Solutions.
Herndon is just 20 miles from Arlington County and the Washington, D.C. area.
Herndon was named in 1858 for Commander William Lewis Herndon, an American naval explorer and captain of the ill-fated steamer SS Central America. Captain Herndon went down with his ship while helping to save over 150 of its passengers and crew. In the 1870s, many Northern soldiers and their families came to settle in the area, taking advantage of moderate climate and low land prices. Herndon also offered a group of friendly native Americans, who helped the town to establish trade. Originally a rural suburb of the Washington, D.C. area, Herndon developed into a dairy farming center and vacation spot, residents, aided by its presence along the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. The railroad station area was later converted into a hike-and-bike trail, museum and visitors center.
Parks and Recreation
Herndon prides itself on its parklands as a place to recharge and enjoy nature's wonders. The Parks and Recreation Department has established eleven neighborhood parks and is also home to two walking trails, Sugarland Run Trail and the historic Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Most neighborhood parks have playgrounds, picnic areas, courts, and ball fields and include Alhambra Drive Park, Bready Park, and Haley M. Smith Park.
Attractions and Events
Frying Pan Park is a working farm, with live animals, tractor rides and a fully stocked farmer's market. The charming Elden Street Players Industrial Strength Theatre is a wonderful community theatre that offers local tryouts and up close seating. The attractions of Washington, D.C. are just 22 miles away.
Herndon - A Historic and Family-Friendly Virginia Community
Herndon is one of the most desirable home towns in the Commonwealth. Those who are considering buying real estate in Herndon, VA should call RE/MAX Premier Associate Broker Mickey Glassman and the Glassman Group, 703-464-0979. They are experienced pros who know Herndon and Fairfax County and can provide featured listings and information on area schools, relocation, and more.